Corruption stemmed at Beiji refinery – but for how long?

The director general of the Beiji oil refinery, Ali al-Obaidi, sees a future of violence and corruption that could cripple the facility he saved two years ago.

BEIJI, IRAQ - When Ali al-Obaidi was sent to take over the Beiji refinery in 2007, he estimated $1 billion was being siphoned by smugglers. U.S. and Iraqi officials said much of that funded the operations of insurgents.

More than two years have passed and output at the country's largest refinery has increased and smuggling from the facility drastically down.

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